Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl told about 60 residents who turned out for a 7th Ward meeting Tuesday night that she hopes to name a new alderman for the ward within a week.
She said she hopes to announce the decision before she leaves town next Tuesday evening for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C.
The mayor said 10 people have told her they’re interested in replacing Jane Grover as alderman. Grover resigned last month to take a job with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning.
Asked what issues she sees as most important for the neighborhood and the city in selecting a new alderman, Tisdahl stressed preserving the city’s economic and racial diversity and being careful about spending.
“We were losing third-generation African-American families, who were losing their homes to foreclosure and eviction,” Tisdahl said. “Preserving diversity is tremendously important to me, and for aldermen anywhere in the city.”
She added that “the latest numbers show we’ve stopped losing African-American families, but the number is not increasing,” despite an $18 million federal grant that provided 100 units of affordable housing.
On the budget, she said, “When we do wonderful things and spend money, the entire community has to pay.” And she suggested that higher taxes were contributing to a loss of lower income residents from Evanston.
Would-be aldermen introduce themselves (1/13/16)